The case known as “Filipino Monkey”

Its a very popular prank phrase that you would always hear whenever your on the high sea’s, and this heckler “Filipino Monkey” was one their reason during the incident in the Strait of Hormuz.

“The threatening radio transmission heard at the end of a video showing harassing maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz may have come from a locally famous heckler known among ship drivers as the “Filipino Monkey”, as said by navytimes

It is very clear that these phrase is a common joke that pollutes the VHF especially on Channel 16. It maybe said by anybody who would want a heated respond out of it. Now a joke has been a reason for an excuse.

“I am coming to you. … You will explode after … minutes.” as said by eaglespeak.

To most seaman, they would understand that this is a common joke on the high seas. But why use it as an excuse for something that we clearly know is not true. An audio file provided by gCaptain clearly shows that its not the “Filipino Monkey” voice that we usually hear. Try to check this video.

Wether its a joke or not this prank phrase has got to stop. As Filipino’s we must make a stand of professionalism especially Radio Etiquette. If you hear this phrase, do you really have to respond to it? Even if it is aggravating words, why do you have to respond to it? You are the officer of the watch and you must be professional enough to deal with it. I usually never use the VHF for personal unnecessary chats. But try to understand that a simple wrong action of a seaman, reflects the industry and image of Filipino maritime itself. You can read other related post provided by and the version of

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2 Responses to “The case known as “Filipino Monkey””

  1. One day, the Philippines will rise high and that term like “filipino monkey” will not be known in the future anymore. One great leader will soon born.

  2. ken says:

    this could be another reason why..
    as we are called the masters of small talk and everytime we hear a “pogi” in the air, other pogi who are on the drivers seat would be tempted to do a little chit-chat on how the life on the other boat is, and vice versa…and chit-chat some more.
    and that small chit-chat on 16 inviting other boats and trying to select a freq to come to creating a commotion that one can compare to a gathering of monkeys in the wild…noisy.
    this is one explanation i heard…

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